Ever wonder what Mother Streusel looks like? Or what her real name is? Well, let me tell you all my secrets…
My name is Karyn Linnell. Right now I am 33 years old. I am short…just five-foot-two. I’m not thin, and I’m not fat. I have a wonderful husband named John who is nice to me all the time. I have a spunky and extremely sweet girl who is ten months old, but is small, so she looks younger. And she loves books! She gets really excited when I read to her. Buh! Buh! That’s her way of saying book.
I used to be a makeup artist, so while most of the time I look pretty good, if I try hard and use all my special makeup tricks and take a picture that is just right, I look pretty darn good. I try not to be too into looks though. Wasting too much time on appearances leads to a very dull life. And I believe that everyone is beautiful anyway. For me, makeup is mostly like an art project where a face is the canvas.
I live in Southern California, in Orange County. I was born down here, but right after I turned 14, we moved to Northern California…way, way, way up there in the mountains. I was up there for a long time, and just moved back down south last year. I missed the ocean a lot. I didn’t have a lot of friends growing up, and sometimes I got made fun of. I was sensitive, so it hurt my feelings a lot. We were poor, so I wore a lot of hand-me-downs, and I never wore makeup. I was pretty insecure and never had a boyfriend until I met my husband. (I was twenty-eight when we started dating, but that is another story.) Now things are pretty good. I have more friends, am a LOT less insecure, and generally love my life.
I’m an introvert, which means that most of what is going on with me is inside my head. I never stop thinking. I love playing with words and brainstorming new ideas. I like writing and drawing because it helps me get some of my ideas out so that I can share them with others.
I think kids are awesome. I care a lot about people in general and want to help make the world a happy place for them. I think laughing is extremely important.
I haven’t been posting many of my regular poems lately because I have been spending so much time writing poems for a contest. I made it to round three. If you would like to see what I’ve written for round three, you can click here or on the picture below. If you like my poem, please vote for me!!! (I would really like to win.) Let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to leave comments below and you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(And yes, that is another picture of me with a lot of makeup…and good lighting.)
Want to read some of my favorite poems? Here are a couple: